World Horse Welfare’s Invisible Horse sculpture trail captured many thousands of hearts and minds at the 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May this year and now the fourteen individually designed, painted and adorned sculptures are heading to London where they will be sold in an exclusive auction on November 4.
Each horse sculpture stands at around 7hh (71cm) high and tells the story of a horse helped by World Horse Welfare which has been visually interpreted by a different artist or personality to create fourteen unique and stunning designs.
Renowned sculptor, Judy Boyt, created a stunning clay maquette of World Horse Welfare Adoption Horse, May, which was then turned into a mould for the production of the fibreglass sculptures.
As part of World Horse Welfare’s Charity of the Year status at Badminton Horse Trials, the sculptures were positioned around the event with adults and children alike captivated by the quest to find all fourteen and complete the trail. From world-leading hat designer, David Shilling, to acclaimed equestrian artist, Michelle McCullagh in collaboration with eventing legend, Mark Todd – each horse is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
World Horse Welfare Director of Fundraising, Emma Williams, said:“We were delighted with the response to the Invisible Horse Trail at Badminton in May with thousands of people taking part using our trail maps and many more enjoying the sculptures throughout the event.
“We had a lot of enquiries about what would happen to the horses after Badminton and it is fantastic that people now have the opportunity to give a home to one of these unique sculptures. I am sure they would make an exciting addition to any home, garden, office or even stable yard!”
More details of the auction and how you can bid will be released over the coming weeks.
All the artists and designers involved in the Invisible Horse Trail donated their time and creativity free of charge. Money raised from the auction of the horse sculptures will help to support World Horse Welfare in improving the lives of horses in the UK and around the world.